Historical Context

The Rise of Youth Culture
In the United States, the period from 1945 to 1963 was termed the "Baby Boom" because of the...

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The Outsiders Setting

Setting is crucial to this story, for it is through their environment, the inner city, that the main characters are defined: they live on the...

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The Outsiders Literary Style

Ponyboy narrates the story in retrospect, under the guise of having to write out a theme for English class....

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The Outsiders Literary Techniques

Hinton makes great use of the literary technique of "point of view," that is, the point from which a story is told. Hinton always uses the...

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The Outsiders Literary Qualities

The Outsiders contains a complex symbolic structure within a straightforward plot. Hinton uses symbolism to express class and...

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The Outsiders Social Concerns

The area of social concerns has always been one of the most important to the fiction of Hinton. Primary among the concerns of her fiction is...

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The Outsiders Compare and Contrast

1967: Romanticized movies of teen rebellion give way to upbeat musicals extolling a life of beach parties, fast cars, and...

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The Outsiders Topics for Discussion

1. Dallas Winston is an ambiguous character, romantic and independent, in some ways repugnant. He can be cruel and dangerous, but he loves...

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The Outsiders Ideas for Reports and Papers

1. Retell the story from the point of view of the Socs. What is the title of this new book? Are the Socs "the insiders," or are they...

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The Outsiders Topics for Further Study

Reflect on the significance of the title—who are the outsiders, and what are they outside of? What does it mean to be an outsider and why...

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The Outsiders Literary Precedents

The primary American novel of a youth maturing must be The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1884). Huck's attempt to view the...

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The Outsiders Related Titles / Adaptations

Warner Brothers produced a featurelength version of The Outsiders in 1983. It is rated PG and is available on video. The movie follows...

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The Outsiders Media Adaptations

A Movie Still from The Outsiders Published by Gale Cengage

The Outsiders was made into a film starring C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Diane Lane, Tom...

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The Outsiders What Do I Read Next?

Hinton's second book, That Was Then, This Is Now, was published in 1971 after she overcame a...

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The Outsiders For Further Reference

Commire, Anne, ed. Something about the Author. Vol. 19. Detroit: Gale Research, 1980. Contains biographical information as well as...

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The Outsiders Bibliography

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Daly, Jay. Presenting S. E. Hinton. Boston: Twayne, 1989.

Donelson, Kenneth L., and Alleen Pace Nilsen. Literature for Today’s Young Adults. 3d ed. Glenview, Ill.: Scott, Foresman, 1989.

Mills, Randall K. “The Novels of S. E. Hinton: Springboard to Personal Growth for Adolescents.” Adolescence 22 (Fall, 1987): 641-646.

Stanek, Lou Willett. A Teacher’s Guide to the Paperback Editions of the Novels of S. E. Hinton. New York: Dell, 1975.

The Outsiders Bibliography and Further Reading

May Hill Arbuthnot, in her Children's Reading in the Home, Scott, Foresman, 1969, pp. 174-75.


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